The difference between the American Pulse and the Japanese Pulse is in its levels of subtly, its lighting, visual effects, and dialogue. The American version kept me more entertained or maybe is was Kristin Bell. The American Pulse had a major shock value that the Japanese version lacked. The ghosts were scarier and more unrealistic. Although there were many differences, There were many similarities such as the over all concept. The later film felt very cliche in its dialogue and felt like it lacked depth but that is what an American audience is looking for entertainment over substance. The American Version of the film is also faster pace and implements jump cuts to emphasize shock.
The lighting was very different between the two films. The later had a greener, richer, and darker atmosphere that the lighting established making a library, a home and areas meant to be lit as dark areas. The prior film had an erie feel in certain moments but mainly approached those moments not with lighting but through acting and story development.
The American version of the film was not subtle in its delivery, but does it have to be? We tend to consider films good or bad depending on whether they make you think or not. That tends to be an aspect on how you rate a film. But I don’t see why this is a bad film despite its repetitive story line and dumbed down understanding. I found it enjoyable and easy to watch. The prior film was an interesting viewing experience but I found it as easy to follow as the later American film and I was able to get it’s existentialist backbone. But the prior film made me think more about universal loneliness.